Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

2-9 Start No Cause For Alarm

Published April 13, 2011

Red Sox right fielder JD Drem turns away in disgust after a called third strike in the ninth inning Tuesday. (AP)

Red Sox right fielder JD Drew turns away in disgust after a called third strike in the ninth inning Tuesday. (AP)

Plenty of words describe the Red Sox in 2011 — dismal, stumbling, historically bad. But how about “World Series-bound?”

Don’t take it from me. Take it from center fielder Carl Crawford (.152/.204/.378), who retweeted this fact on Twitter:

@joshtarge The Twins started 2-9 and won the series that year #funfact

I didn’t believe it either, so I looked it up. Turns out, it was 1991.

The Twins were 2-9 on April 20 and they were a game under .500 as late as June 1. But by the time it was all said and done, the Twins notched 95 regular season wins and a World Series victory over the Atlanta Braves.

TV Governor: Patrick Appears On ‘The Daily Show’

Published April 13, 2011

Gov. Deval Patrick continued to tour in support of his newly-released memoir, “A Reason To Believe” by appearing on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart last night.

During the eight-minute segment, Patrick mostly played Stewart’s straight-man, but managed to get through some of his talking points.

“I got in [to politics] because I wanted to show you could run being willing to lose,” Patrick told Stewart. “That you could put on the table exactly what you believe and trust the American people to have an adult conversation and either take it or leave it.”

Cool, calm and collected, Patrick looked natural on TV. His book, however, didn’t emerge from the show unscathed.

“My first question is: Will it get bigger when it gets older?” Stewart joked of the thin tome.

To be fair, one has to assume at this point in the governor’s fairly young political career that this won’t be Patrick’s final memoir.

Patrick is scheduled to appear on Radio Boston next week.

Wednesday Morning: More Camp Good News Abuse Reports

Published April 13, 2011

The number of people alleging they were assaulted at Camp Good News on Cape Cod grew to 13 yesterday, according to the lawyer representing the alleged victims. The group consists of 11 men and two women.

There’s a lot of talk that putting hospitals and doctors on budgets will help lower health care costs. But is the global payments model actually working? WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports on local groups that are testing new ways to cut health care costs while improving care.

A pilot program in Lynn is aiming to improve the city’s underperforming schools by training parents to read better. The program, based in two Lynn elementary schools, hopes to create a more learning-conducive environment at home for kids struggling in school.

Even though state lawmakers were unable to agree on a deal to bring casinos to the state, there’s still plenty of gambling going on. A decaying race track in Raynham hosts serious poker games, taking most of the proceeds, under the provision that allows charities to hold casino nights three times each year.

The Sox are now officially cellar-dwellars. They’re in sole possession of last place in the division after dropping another one to the Rays last night. Have no fear, the Bruins start their first-round playoff series with the archrival Canadiens tomorrow.

What we’re following: We’ll report on the state budget plan, recidivism rates in state prisons and biotech expansion in Canton. Radio Boston will dive into the state’s Civil War history.